360 compared to 996TT

360 compared to 996TT

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rich1231

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17,303 posts

229 months

Thursday 22nd August 2002
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Hi all,

i currently drive a 996 Turbo, I cant help but longingly drool over any 360 i see on the road. Only thing is I dont know much about them.

Anyone got any advice for someone interested in getting a 360?

Reliability?
Performance? compared to a 996 Turbo?
Residuals?
Servicing?

Number of knickers per mile thrown at the Car?

Rich

456mgt

2,482 posts

235 months

Thursday 22nd August 2002
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Hi Rich,
Never had a Porsche of any descrption so I can't do the comparison for you. Had my 360 for just under a year now and it's been pretty good- nothing much to worry about,though it's difficult to judge in such a short period. There's more detail in my profile where I've recorded some costs. Sevicing is annual or 12K miles; cam belts once every three years. Just had my cam belts done in fact.

I think the 360 represents a sea change at Ferrari because this is a car you can genuinely use every day. I choose not to, but I've seen several cars now with >20K miles in 2-3 years. Ferrari's have been hugely mileage sensitive in the past though my feeling is this is becoming less acute as people realise low mileage= likely future problems with dessicated seals etc. The interior is not in the same league as the current V12 models, though it's still pretty good, and I was happy with the way it sounded until I heard Ninja's 355 at full chat. Came close to selling it, but that's now sorted and I intend to keep the car.

It's pretty quick, though that's not the reason I bought it since there's plenty of faster metal out there for a lot less money. Twitchy at the limit and best enjoyed at 80% or less. Even then, it's not a relaxing car to drive.

In terms of residuals, I expect '99 RHD cars to be in the K80's next year. The next version will have the 4.2 engine due out 03-04 which will knock residuals with a replacement due 05-06. I would use current 355 prices as my guide to likely future values of 360's.

My own experience says that, with one or two notable exceptions, if these cars attract women, it's the sort that have loads of tattoos, bad peroxide jobs, a pit bull or two, and kids. It's mostly men that notice the car, though this could simply be that men are significantly less subtle about it.

rich1231

Original Poster:

17,303 posts

229 months

Thursday 22nd August 2002
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Cheers 456gt,

Blimey how do you decide which one to drive?

I have placed an order at my dealer for the replacement of the 360 spider but I just know I cant wait that long. Only thing is there is lots of info on the web for my 996tt but very little on the 360's so may take me more time to feel comfortable buying one. And I dont have a garage!!

Rich

granville

18,764 posts

230 months

Friday 23rd August 2002
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Ah Rich, the dilemma of dilemmas.
As a Porker man myself and also the most confused, indecisive auto-mug I know this is a daily torture I too endure. Frankly, the addictiveness of PH and the collective ramblings of Manu, Ninja Eli and Mr.456 don't help at all; similarly, the fact that you really need Manu's bank balance to indulge in such profligate motoring super indulgences - unless you have the wherewithall to fritter monies away, my humble advice would be thus: TRY and realize the awesomeness of your current vehicle - dynamically, it's peerless and by the sound of Lee77's recent escapades, you can easily create a rather fruity exhaust rasp too, with which to 'desterilize' some of the Stuttgart perfectionism.
Save your pennies and then if fortune allows it - buy a Ferrari too and have the best of both worlds. Probably Mr.456 has the ultimate stable - a 456GT AND a 360? I can only begin to imagine the groinal stirrings each morning as the early morning worship commences - but a TT & 355/360 wouldn't look too shoddy either!
Keep taking the medication.

lee77

328 posts

246 months

Friday 23rd August 2002
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Hi all,

i currently drive a 996 Turbo, I cant help but longingly drool over any 360 i see on the road. Only thing is I dont know much about them.

Anyone got any advice for someone interested in getting a 360?

Reliability?
Performance? compared to a 996 Turbo?
Residuals?
Servicing?

Number of knickers per mile thrown at the Car?

Rich


Hi Rich

I too have thought long and hard about changing for the 360, hope the following helps you, but go and drive one first.

1, TT is a quicker car than the 360 haven driven the 360 hard more than once.
TT is faster and out handles the 360 by a far bit, in the wet the TT gives so much grip the 360 is twitchy to say the least.

2, TT is an easier car to live with every day, driving into London leaving it in the NCP's etc.. Ferrari is just too good looking to leave sitting around all day.

3, 360 looks just awesome, TT is not ugly but the 360 will get more attention ( can be a bad thing )

4, Sound of the TT was too quiet for me so a sports exhaust and new airfilter and a near 50bhp increase to 470bhp worth every penny (G-Force Motorsport) 360 sounds great with standard exhaust and awesome with sports exhaust.

5, Servicing is more expensive than the TT, but when you are paying near 100k for a car servicing cost are not really an issue.

6, My boss has a 360 and is thinking of selling it as he has doesn't want to put too many miles on it as he is worried about resell.

Summary:

360 best looking thing this side of Liz Hurley but probley as high maintenance as her needs regular visits to Versace/Gucci/Prada and always wants to be the centre of attention.

TT is more of a Cameron Diaz, will be seen out in jeans and a T-shirt and can mix in with the crowd when required.

Cheers

Lee.


Dazren

22,612 posts

230 months

Saturday 24th August 2002
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RICH

Refer to the thread "Funny Ferrari Plate"

DAZ